And his mom was “a leading Canadian immigration official.” via Michael Zehaf-Bibeau who shot dead Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo pictured | Daily Mail Online.
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the Muslim convert who fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo – a 24-year-old father standing guard at Ottawa’s War Memorial – and injured another officer, was a petty criminal and the son of a leading Canadian immigration official.
Born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall and raised in Laval, just north of Montreal, the young man lived a quiet childhood of private schools and suburban homes, with a mother who was a high ranking federal employee.
Then, after years of run-ins with the law, he converted to Islam.
One of his friends, David Bathurst, a fellow convert, said he met him at at the Masjid al-Salaam mosque in Burnaby, British Columbia about three years ago.
Bathurst even got Zehaf-Bibeau a job at his family’s business, Bathurst Irrigation.
He said the young man lived in a small and unfurnished apartment, and that while he did not ‘at first appear to have extremist views or inclinations toward violence’ he ‘at times exhibited a disturbing side.’
‘We were having a conversation in a kitchen, and I don’t know how he worded it: He said the devil is after him,’ Bathurst said.
‘I think he must have been mentally ill.’
He cited one time Bibeau called police to the mosque to confess to a crime he had committed years before.
Bathurst said Bibeau wanted to travel to the Middle East, and he urged him to make sure it was just studying on his mind.
He says Zehaf-Bibeau told him he was ‘only going abroad with the intent of learning about Islam and to study Arabic.’
He was never able to go though, and sources told The Globe and Mail ‘he had not been able to secure a valid travel document from federal officials, who have been taking measures to prevent Canadians from joining extremists overseas.’
It’s understood that he traveled to the U.S on four occasions – most recently in 2013. Officials there are trying to trace who he met while in the country. It’s not known at this time if he made contact with any extremists, according to CNN.
Bathurst says that after friction with the elders at the house of worship, Zehaf-Bibeau was eventually asked to stop attending prayers at the mosque.
Bathurst also brought up that Zehaf-Bibeau knew Hasibullah Yusufzai, a British Columbia man, charged under an anti-terrorism law for allegedly leaving Canada to join Islamist fighters in Syria.
He remains at large.
Zehaf-Bibeau’s mother, Susan Bibeau, still lives in Montreal and works as a a federal public servant for the Immigrant & Refugee board.
She is listed as Deputy Chairperson, Immigration Division. n officer, working her way up over her 24-year career.
She holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the Université de Montréal, a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University, and a graduate certificate in business administration from the Public Administration University.
Zehaf- Bibeau’s father is a Libyan businessman named Bulgasem Zehaf who once owned a local restaurant, Cafe Tripoli.
He divorced Susan Bibeau in 1999, and there are reports that he fought in Libya in 2011.
The Washington Times quoted a fighter named Belgasem Zahef in a dispatch from anti-Gaddafi rebels in 2011.
Describing himself as from Montreal but a Zawiyah native he said he witnessed torture when held in a regime prison.
The media would have you think Zehaf-Bibeau was just a regular Canadian kid who converted to Islam when in fact he is the son of a known Libyan jihadist.
Sources describe Zehaf-Bibeau as ‘a man who had had a religious awakening and seemed to have become mentally unstable.’
That was not always the case though it seems.
Janice Parnell, a former neighbor of the family, said Zehaf-Bibeau was a typical teen, though one who led a very privileged life.
She said he went to a ‘private school’ and lived in a ‘nice home in a nice neighborhood,’ and that the only problem she ever had with Bibeau was that he ‘played loud music.’
Why haven’t any pictures of the jihadist been released? Just one supposed picture released by ISIS. Was Zehaf-Bibeau in contact with ISIS or vice versa? How did they get his picture?
Who did he visit on his four trips to the U.S.?
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